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Paradigm Speech/Debate

Learning how to seek, share and live effectively the Truth.

Paradigm Speech and Debate Club is a parent-led and parent-instructed organization, with assistance from Paradigm alumni for routine coaching in debate and limited areas of speech. The philosophy of this club is to instill in the students the strengths of the family as the primary working model for the education and socialization of students, the gaining of practical application of Biblical principles in a competitive format, and for the inculcation of American values. Paradigm has had many successes in the national home school debate league over the past ten years. Students range from 12 years of age to seniors in high school. The club emphasizes Lincoln-Douglas debate, policy debate, platform-speaking events, limited-preparation speaking events, apologetics, and interpretive- speaking events. These activities have been extremely useful in fostering the skills of technical research, logical thinking, critical analysis, expository writing, and public speaking.

The club meets Mondays 6pm.

The Chapel at Grossmont - 5651 Water St, La Mesa CA 91942

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For more club info: Contact Paradigm Speech & Debate Club

Paradigm Speech & Debate President: Steve Winston


Important Links for Paradigm

National Stoa Speech and Debate Organization

Stoa National Tournament Calendar



I hope to convince you that debate isn't just for pre-law students and political science majors. On the contrary, it might be the most significant way for students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to stand out amoung their peers.

I am a civilian member of the Air Force working as a fighter test engineer on the developmental test and evaluation of the F-35 Joint Strike fighter - a 5th generation, multi-role, supersonic stealth fighter procured by the three branches of the United States Armed Services and many allied countries as part of the largest government weapon accusation program in history. So yeah, I love my job. I get to park opposite some of the most advanced fighter jets in existence, work with most of the skilled pilots in the world - oh, and hear sonic booms shake the walls of my office every day. I have these opportunities now because I debated in high school. I didn't want to (at first), but I did, and then I learned to love it. I would learn during my senior year of college, when applying for aerospace engineering jobs, how valuable high school debate really was.

I was offered my present job after giving a technical presentation to several engineers at Edwards Air Force Base. A working flight test engineer emailed me the next day, stating "your stage presence, mastery of technical content, and communication skills set you apart." Did you get that? Sure, one of the three skills that got me the job came from being a competitive engineering student; taking college level science and math classes in high school, scoring high in Math on SAT 1 and ACT, having engineering internships, completing college research projects, getting good grades in engineering classes, etc. But the other TWO reasons I got the job were because of skills I learned from debating, that's significant.

I could tell you from personal experience that no one can benefit from debate more than those of you that think you might need it at least. Sharpening all those important technical skills will make you eligible for science and technology related jobs, but competing in debate will make you desirable compared to other applicants. You will develop the acumen to present yourself intelligently and fluently in an academic setting. Debate will train you to listen critically, think carefully, speak concisely. It will give you confidence. Employers want to see more than book smarts; they want to see you stand out. Nothing I know will better prepare you to do that joining Paradigm and doing debate. I know you won't regret it. And you might even like it.